Harassment is defined as unwelcome hostile or intimidating remarks, spoken or written (including,for example, email, text messages, postings on electronic message boards, voicemail messages), or physical gestures directed at a specific person based on that person’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, parental or marital status, national or ethnic origin, or disability. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, and includes sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexual violence and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when this conduct is unwelcome. When sexual harassment is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the Colby educational experience, or student employment at Colby, then the sexual harassment creates a hostile environment.
The following are provided as examples of the kinds of actions that may constitute harassment
under College policy:
- Hostile, intimidating remarks spoken or written (including jokes) or physical gestures directed at a person because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, parental or marital status, national or ethnic origin, or disability.
- Sexual contact or pressure that is not freely and explicitly agreed to by both parties. A stranger does not always perpetrate rape. Date or acquaintance rape and pressured sex are more common than many realize. No circumstance, including excessive drinking, is an acceptable excuse for such behavior.
- Any unwelcome attention of a sexual nature (e.g., physical contact, written or verbal comments, lewd or suggestive looks and/or gestures).
- Implied or expressed threat of reprisal for failure to comply with a request for sexual contact.
- Any conduct of a sexual nature that has the effect of unreasonably or substantially interfering with an individual’s working or educational environment, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.